Bhubaneswar has a unique position among the cities of India. A temple town with a series of ancient sandstone temples and tanks, its wealth of monuments is testament to an ancient continuous architectural and historical heritage covering well over 2,000 years from the 3rd century B.C.
Bhubaneswar is understandably dubbed the “Temple City of India”, estimates vary from 500 – 1,000 temples that once stood in the city. It still boasts an impressive cluster of magnificent temples, virtually a complete record of Kalinga architecture from its initiation to its culmination. Ekamra Kshetra comprises the area of the old city of Bhubaneswar which forms the centre of this temple architecture and is considered a Hindu holy city.
Below is an index of the monuments I visited in Bhubaneswar during a ten day stay in early 2020. Each link will take you to a separate blog post documenting via my photography what you can see at each location, and a little bit of background information on the temple history and architecture. Each page also has a map to help you locate the individual site.
The second index is a list of places I visited as day excursions out of Bubaneswar. Many of these sites can be visited on the same day, I managed to see everything listed in four full days out of the city. Likewise there are maps to help you find the sites, my car driver only knew of 10% of these places 🙂
I hope this guide to the temples and monuments in and around Bhubaneswar will be of some use to those planning a trip to the temple town of India.